Shops in/going into administration

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(10 Jun 2020, 10:45 pm)Jimmi Wrote: I quite the Ceasers Palace look to the Trafford Centre but even in there it is still just the same shops as every other shopping centre for the most part.

I cba with the Metrocentre half the time these days as I find it a pain to get round as the downside to being so big is having to fill so many units so you have shops spread all over the place, so I have to go round virtually the whole centre so I can go through everywhere I want in there which I find irritating, spend arguably more time walking between shops than actually in them! I honestly prefer Middlesbrough myself as it has many of the same retailers as the Metrocentre has and less distance also I like that it's a mix of indoor and outdoor as several hours of being in an indoor shopping centre can become nauseating after a while.
I tend to do the Metrocentre pretty efficiently. I've always been a list maker, though! 

Returning to ghost malls, I'm amazed that nothing has ever been done about Eldon garden. It was a flop from the day it opened, 30 years ago.
(11 Jun 2020, 8:21 pm)BusLoverMum Wrote: I tend to do the Metrocentre pretty efficiently. I've always been a list maker, though! 

Returning to ghost malls, I'm amazed that nothing has ever been done about Eldon garden. It was a flop from the day it opened, 30 years ago.

I'm the same, having lived just round the corner for many years, I know the layout like the back of my hand so am usually in and out minutes. Honestly, the only thing I really go to the Metrocentre for is Argos, and only when every other store is out of stock! When I'm waiting for the bus, I might pop along to Poundland or Greggs, but that's really about it. 

Same with IKEA, I would go in several times a week for the free coffee in the restaurant to get some work done, I can't even remember the last time I used the main entrance, it's much faster to go in the exit and you're straight at Bargain Corner!

I don't think I've ever been in Eldon Garden, I couldn't even tell you what's in there!
I have not visited the shops in Eldon Garden for many years. There used to be a few cafes and restaurants. It lost a lot of footfall when they removed the escalators from the ground floor entrance which became the Goose and Garden. I used to visit Scuffy Murphys quite a lot which was on the ground floor.

Charles
(11 Jun 2020, 10:09 pm)streetdeckfan Wrote: I'm the same, having lived just round the corner for many years, I know the layout like the back of my hand so am usually in and out minutes. Honestly, the only thing I really go to the Metrocentre for is Argos, and only when every other store is out of stock! When I'm waiting for the bus, I might pop along to Poundland or Greggs, but that's really about it. 

Same with IKEA, I would go in several times a week for the free coffee in the restaurant to get some work done, I can't even remember the last time I used the main entrance, it's much faster to go in the exit and you're straight at Bargain Corner!

I don't think I've ever been in Eldon Garden, I couldn't even tell you what's in there!
Naff all! Probably even less now. Its about 80% empty units.
Looks like when metrocentre opens up on Monday there will only be 2 multi storey car parks that be open to the public, and a one way system inside the mall for shoppers


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I’m keeping away from the Metrocentre for a while as I can’t cope with having to queue due to my autism as when I’ve tried to go shopping and there was a queue outside I’ve just left as it causes my anxiety to rise resulting in panic attacks. Been trying to go to ikea to get one thing from the self service area the past few days and every time there’s a large queue outside which means I can’t get what I need.


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Newcastle City Council have been marking out a one way system on Northumberland Street. It will be interesting to see how many people follow it.

Charles
(10 Jun 2020, 12:24 pm)Ambassador Wrote: At the time of the closure it was the right thing to do, Retail was booming and the old food court wasn't really fit for purpose and Brits were eating out like we'd got no kitchens at home.

Ironically the MetroCentre development plan includes new leisure facilities. Now we'll see out of town shopping centres create more unique selling points to make you visit them over say online or a city centre which has the pubs, restaurants and easier access.

And MetroCentre has lost its allure - it's not the 80s anymore, the internet exists, people want experiences not just soulless identikit shopping experiences that whether you're at intu Milton Keynes or intu MetroCentre all feel the same.
Furthermore, at least people can go to Newcastle Eldon Square and combine it with other shops and unrelated activities in Newcastle.  At MetroCentre there is nothing else apart from shopping and limited other options.
(13 Jun 2020, 9:27 am)Metroline1511 Wrote: Furthermore, at least people can go to Newcastle Eldon Square and combine it with other shops and unrelated activities in Newcastle.  At MetroCentre there is nothing else apart from shopping and limited other options.
At the MetroCentre, I've always found the best thing to do is to leave again - there's a multitude of different buses heading off in various directions to use!

There's also some loos just over the bridge, really useful when out for the day.

I'm told there's also some shops somewhere, but I've never felt the need to go that far in .....
Last time I had a good look around the Metrocentre was at last year's rally. Got some good bargains in The Back Page. All of the small traders seem to have gone now. At one time there were interesting specialist shops. Now it's just the usual big stores and restaurants. The Wetherspoons is handy mind.

Charles
(13 Jun 2020, 11:29 am)Ianthegoon Wrote: At the MetroCentre, I've always found the best thing to do is to leave again - there's a multitude of different buses heading off in various directions to use!

There's also some loos just over the bridge, really useful when out for the day.

I'm told there's also some shops somewhere, but I've never felt the need to go that far in .....
Well yes, it is a very spacious bus station, so effective as an interchange.
(13 Jun 2020, 2:10 pm)Charles41 Wrote: Last time I had a good look around the Metrocentre was at last year's rally. Got some good bargains in The Back Page. All of the small traders seem to have gone now. At one time there were interesting specialist shops. Now it's just the usual big stores and restaurants. The Wetherspoons is handy mind.

Charles

I've never liked the spoons in the Metrocentre, far too expensive for my liking! The only thing worth getting is the coffee, but then I'd rather go to IKEA and get it for free!

I can't remember the last time I ate at a proper restaurant there (obviously I've been to McDonalds and KFC), I think the last time probably would have been when Big Lukes was upstairs! It's all just overpriced burger, chicken and pizza chains, nothing worth going out for! Then again, I'm the sort of person that prefers to cook my own food anyway

Like I said, the only time I go out of my way to go to the Metrocentre is when things I want are out of stock elsewhere. Or, since I have friends that work there, I might have a walk around before meeting them
at least Primark is safe..... the amount of people waiting to go in and NOT observing 2m rule.... well you can guess the rest
Street wardens fighting a loosing battle trying to get people to walk in the right direction on Northumberland Street this afternoon.

Charles
Got straight into ikea today without having to really queue (by the time we got in the small queue they were letting people in).


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(13 Jun 2020, 11:29 am)Ianthegoon Wrote: At the MetroCentre, I've always found the best thing to do is to leave again - there's a multitude of different buses heading off in various directions to use!

There's also some loos just over the bridge, really useful when out for the day.

I'm told there's also some shops somewhere, but I've never felt the need to go that far in .....
Are the loos even open? The lack of facilities, meaning I can neither empty my bladder nor wash my hands like I'm supposed to is a bit of a bugbear at the moment.
That's what annoys me about councils closing public conveniences during the pandemic. People still need to use the loo Covid 19 or not. Then you get councilors on the news complaining about people relieving themselves in the street. What do they expect.

Charles
(15 Jun 2020, 11:59 pm)BusLoverMum Wrote: Are the loos even open? The lack of facilities, meaning I can neither empty my bladder nor wash my hands like I'm supposed to is a bit of a bugbear at the moment.

Yes, but only certain ones, more info on the intu website.
(16 Jun 2020, 1:19 pm)pbjd Wrote: Yes, but only certain ones, more info on the intu website.
Well, that's a relief Big Grin

Just checked the info for Eldon Square and the only ones there are up 2 flights of stairs.
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